New Client Information

How to get started:

  • Contact me to request an appointment for a complimentary 15-minute introductory meeting to see if we’d be a good fit.
  • You can email me directly at or use the form on my contact page.
  • You can call my work number at ‪(231) 486-5434‬ and leave a detailed message if I’m unavailable. I return all phone calls within 24 hours.

Appointments: I will do my best to accommodate your busy schedule and am flexible in appointment availability.

Fees, Payment, & Cancellation: The fee for a 60-minute individual counseling session is $85. Fees are due at each session unless previous arrangements have been made. All major debit/credit cards are accepted for payment. I also accept HSA and FSA. If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please notify me at least 24-hours in advance to avoid incurring the standard session fee.

If you are experiencing financial hardship, please discuss this with me during our initial phone conversation, as I do offer a sliding scale fee structure.

Private Pay: I do not currently accept insurance. By paying privately for counseling, I am not required to send your confidential information to your health insurance company and therefore, will not be bound by the requirements of your insurance company’s expectations for treatment.

Insurance/Out of Network Options: Most insurance plans have Out of Network benefits. If you would like to seek reimbursement from your insurance company for your therapy sessions, I will be happy to provide you with the necessary documentation. You would pay me directly and I would provide you with an invoice after each session. You would then send this invoice to your insurance company who reimburses you a percentage.

When people choose to use their insurance, they receive a diagnosis that allows for insurance companies to be aware of what concerns/issues are being addressed and treated. This diagnosis can have some healthcare based implications. The choice to pay out of pocket versus using your insurance benefits is a personal choice as there are pros and cons to each option.

Your First Session: After our initial 15-minute phone consultation and after you’ve decided that you would like to begin counseling, you’re probably wondering what your first session will look like. We’ll begin with a discussion about confidentiality and then I will ask you to begin sharing about yourself and what brings you to counseling. As I get to know you in this first session, we will also discuss your goals for counseling and what you can expect from me, as your therapist.

Confidentiality: All information you share with me is held strictly confidential and will not be disclosed to anyone unless: 

1. You authorize release of information with your signature  

2. You present a danger to yourself  

3. You present a danger to others, or

4. Child or elder abuse/neglect is suspected. 

If you are involved in a court case and a request is made for information about your therapy, I will not disclose information without your written agreement unless the court requires me to. I will do all I can within the law to protect your confidentiality.